INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated April 18, 2019


Igor Yurgens: Russia Looks to Its Future

February 8, 2012

INSOR Chairman Igor Yurgens delivered the annual John Erickson Lecture, which was organized by Edinburgh University’s Princess Dashkova Centre. In his lecture, ‘Modernisation in Russia: Things to Come, Things to Overcome’, Professor Yurgens gave an overview of Russia’s recent history, concentrating on the Medvedev presidency since 2008 and the consequences of Vladimir Putin’s probable return to the Presidency after March 2012.

Arguing that Russia’s main problems are resource dependency, corruption and the pervasive legacy of autocracy, he contended that the solution was a modernisation of the political and economic system, including the expansion of democratic procedures and citizen involvement.

INSOR Hosts Roundtable of Supremacy of Law and the Economy

January 31, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted the roundtable Supremacy of Law and the Economy. The event was organized by the Center for Legal and Economic Studies.

A new legal reality is developing in Russia: the legal system can no longer exist or develop apart from the economy, and vice versa. The aim of the roundtable was to examine the phenomenon of the supremacy of law as a factor which has a substantial influence on society’s evolutionary development, including such issues as:

1. Realization of the principles of a legal state: subordination of the state to law; formal equality before the law for all, regardless of proximity to power; supremacy of law as a method for forming a socially and economically effective model of society. 

INSOR Releases Report on Prospects for Global Economy

December 25, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development has published a report titled The Global Economy at the Crossroads. The report presents experts' views on what is in store for the world and Russia as the global economy strives to emerge from its structural crisis.

An excerpt in English can be found here: 

The full report in Russian can be found here:

Institute of Contemporary Development Starts Twitter Feed

December 13, 2011

Starting December 13, INSOR is now on the social network Twitter. The organization intends to use this platform for providing timely information about the INSOR’s work, events and publications.

For now, the institution is only providing Russian language information via Twitter.

Follow us at!/INSORussia

EBRD Report Presented at INSOR

November 25, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted the presentation of the annual report of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development – Crisis in Transition: The People’s Perspective. The main theses of the report were presented by EBRD’s Chief Economist Erik Berglof.

The report focuses on understanding both the 2008-10 crisis and its longer-term implications. It also contains a broad overview of the progress of reforms and macroeconomic changes among transitional economies of the region.

Noting the main changes with regard to structural reforms, EBRD analysts believe that Russia’s key priorities for 2012 should be as follows:

German-Russian Forum on Formation of Social Policy Held in Berlin

November 9, 2011

The fourth German-Russian expert forum Formation of Social Policy has been held in Berlin, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Development and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. For four years now Russian and German experts have been gathering in Russia and Germany to discuss the most critical problems in social policy, including such issues as formation and development of the social state, labor regulation issues and the peculiarities of social labor relations, social security systems, and ways for decreasing poverty.

INSOR Roundtable Examines Labor Migration and Necessity for Quotas

October 25, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development held a roundtable on Temporary Labor Migration – Should Quotas Be Preserved? The event was organized by the Migration XXI Century Foundation with support from the Institute of Contemporary Development.

Opening the discussion, INSOR Management Board Member Evgeny Gontmakher noted that the existing labor migration quota system in Russia is not working. “However, in society there is no consensus – are we really ready to accept immigrants into Russia?” he asked.

INSOR Hosts Live Electronics of Russia – 2011

October 13, 2011

The fifth electronics industry directors forum Live Electronics of Russia was held at the Institute of Contemporary Development. The event was organized by the Russian Association of Electronics Manufacturers and the Elektronika publishing house.

The central theme of the forum’s discussion program was modernization and Russia’s transition from a resource-based to an innovation-based development model. The main objectives of the forum were as follows:

- to demonstrate opportunities for the development of innovative entrepreneurship oriented toward the modern Russian and global electronics markets

- to present the achievements and potential of the most progressive Russian companies – developers and producers of electronics

Award-Winning Book on Latvia during the Pre-War Years Presented at Baltic International Academy

September 16, 2011

Blueprint for the Future: Latvia from 1934 to 1941, written by Chairman of the Harmony Centre party in Latvia Janis Urbanovics, INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens and author Yuris Paiders, was presented at the Baltic International Academy in Riga. The book was published earlier in Latvian (Nākotnes melnraksti. Latvija 1934.-1941.) and it caused a number of debates and discussions.


Report on Modernization of Political System in North Caucasus Presented at INSOR

September 8, 2011

A press conference was held at the Institute of Contemporary Development dedicated to the results of research carried out by the Center for Political Technology on the theme ‘Modern Evolution of the Political System in the North Caucasus and Prospects for Modernization Processes’. The research, which was supported by a grant from Institute of Public Planning, entails a comprehensive analysis of social and political processes in the North Caucasus republics of Russia and prospects for the transformation of entrenched patterns and practices.